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placeholder January 6, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
What is it to think with the Church?

"We should not even think," Pope Francis has said, "that 'thinking with the church' means only thinking with the hierarchy of the church." What then, does it mean?

Michael Naughton

Gregory Wolfe

Richard Gallagher

Every year, around the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas, lay Catholic intellectuals and leaders from a variety of disciplines gather at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley to discern important questions together with the school. This year DSPT is taking up the question of what it means to think with the Church.

Join in person or via livestreaming at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1 to consider the question, "What is it to think with the Church." Reservations are required.

At the Fifth Annual Convocation of the DSPT College of Fellows, Fellows Michael Naughton, Gregory Wolfe and Richard Gallagher will offer presentations entitled Catholic Imagination and Contemporary Culture: What Is It to Think with the Church? There will be dynamic Q&A with the presenters and other members of the College of Fellows. A reception will follow.

Michael Naughton is the director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought and holds the Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought. He is a professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Ethics & Business Law and Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.

Gregory Wolfe is Writer in Residence at Seattle Pacific University, where he teaches English literature and creative writing. He is the founder and director of the master of fine arts in creative writing at SPU. He is also the founder and editor of Image, one of America's top literary quarterlies.

Richard Gallagher is emeritus scientist of Cancer Control Research at the British Columbia Cancer Agency and Clinical Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Gallagher participates in and oversees important cancer-related research worldwide.

Other DSPT Fellows are: Mary Cunningham Agee, Ron Austin, Gil Bailie, William Cox, André Delbecq, Barbara Elliott, Robert Flint, Ray Flynn, Ned Dolejsi, Dana Gioia, Ron Hansen, Mary Hirschfeld, Russell Hittinger, Dan Lungren, John T. Noonan, Jr., Velma Richmond, Kevin Starr, Anthony Tersigni, Gleaves Whitney and Agnieszka Winkler. Cardinal Stafford serves as the episcopal liaison to the College of Fellows.

To learn more about the College of Fellows and its members, visit www.dspt.edu/fellows. For more information, visit www.dspt.edu/convocation.

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